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Cubs fans, RELAX...we already have a good team.

Posted on: February 4, 2008 2:12 pm
 

Brian Roberts, Erik Bedard, Marlon Byrd, Alex Rios, Carl Crawford, Khalil Greene, and on and on and on.  It seems everybody has a guy in mind who will put the Cubs over the top.  And while I will grant you that a couple of these guys would be nice additions...primarily Bedard or Rios...we have a pretty good team ready to take the field in 2008.  So everybody take a deep breath and............

think back a couple years to what we all wanted.  Corner OFer's who could hit AND field.  Check.  A center fielder with some range.  Check.  A really good bullpen.  Check.  A deep starting pitching staff.  Check.  A good catcher, FINALLY!  Check.  This team doesn't have many holes. 

I know, I know.  Everybody wants to see a different lead off hitter.  High OBP.  But let's be real here.  Soriano will be cold and dead in the ground before he gives that spot up.  And quite honestly, he's not near as good of a hitter in any other spot in the lineup.  His history proves it.  And Lou seems to like him there no matter what any of us think.  Sorry.

We're gonna score runs.  Our starting pitching will keep us in ballgames.  Our bullpen is bordering on excellent (don't believe me? look at the numbers).  And we play in a very easy division.  The only competition we really have, looking at it right now, is the Brewers and they still don't have the pitching depth that we do.  I'm feeling good about our chances for a division crown in 2008. 

What do you think?  Let me hear ya!

Comments

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:12 am
 

Cubs fans, RELAX...we already have a good team.

i was just looking over some old blogs..   nice prediction here..

2008 cubs finished 98 -63 best record scored a ton of runs 855 . starting pitching led by dempster and lilly was awesome..



the bullpen, especially when jeff samardzija was brought up was lights out at the back end.. 
samardzija and marmol setting up for kerry wood were unhittable down the stretch..




as far trades go..  jim edmonds ended being the main guy brought in and took over CF, he belted 19 HR in just 85 games that helped spark the cubs potent and powerful offense..  cubs had 5 players with over 20 HRs..


unfortunately the offense and pitching all took a nose dive in playoffs as the cubs lost 3 straight in first round..


as far as soriano and leading off went, well he didnt have to go 6 FT under but piniella finally made the move late in 2009 and settled on batting him 6th, where he has mostly been since.


oh yea, and brewers were are main competitors all season finishing 2nd 90 -72 wild card..

the eventual world series champs phillies had 92 wins


marlon byrd, we ended up getting him in 2010..  he hit 20 HR 89 RBI in 2009 with rangers..

inked a 3 yr deal with cubs...and in the first 2 yrs, 21 HR 101 RBI total

nice to go back and see what posters were saying and then look and see how close they were in their prediction or opinions..



Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2008 1:41 am
 

Cubs fans, RELAX...we already have a good team.

It's been reported repeatedly here in Chicago that Alfonso Soriano said at the Cubs convention that he will bat wherever Lou writes his name in the lineup.  Lou Piniella wants him to be comfortable.  But, if Brian Roberts is acquired, i cannot imagine an old school baseball man like Piniella wasting Roberts talents as a leadoff man.  I believe that Soriano can bat 3rd in this Cubs lineup and be very effective as long as the speed of Roberts and Theriot hit in front of him. 

But, I agree that the Cubs have a competitive team that that has as much chance as any other in the NL this coming season.  Health and good fortune are required and it is important that Felix Pie, Geovany Soto, and Kosuke Fukudome work as plug-ins.  Piniella is familiar with his players and the team should get out the gate well.  If Lou can count on a basic lineup with the necessary PT for Mark DeRosa, a 4th OF, and Henry Blanco, continued health and improvement for the pitching staff, and a vastly improved defense (especially in the OF), I see no reason other than the Brewers playing out of their minds for a full season that the Cubs cannot repeat as division champions.  And, if they can go into the playoffs with a healthy pitching staff, they can make noise.  




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2008 5:54 pm
 

Cubs fans, RELAX...we already have a good team.

Great blog man your added to my favs!!!! Well said very well said!!!! And it is true sure there are some things we could get. But we are sitting pretty good even if we do stand pat!!!!!

We are the favorites and unless the injury bug hits I think another division crown is in the cards!!!!

Go Cubs Go!!!




Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2008 5:54 pm
 

Cubs fans, RELAX...we already have a good team.

let me start by saying, Im not a Cubs fan, but i always hated Alfonso Soriano hitting lead off. He has HR power and loses too many RBIs that way. How would you feel if big Lou started batting the pitcher 7th or 8th and put some more on base type guys 8 and 9th?



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